Proof - Arsenal should be the freshest top four side next season

Arsenal will travel the fewest number of miles in pre-season out of the top four sides.

The Gunners will wrack up roughly 19,626 miles by the time pre-season draws to a close which is substantially fewer than Manchester United (24,994), Manchester City (22,224) and Chelsea (23,465).

It’s a decent bit of planning by the club which should mean they are slightly fresher by the time they start the Premier League season.

Some pre-season schedules have been criticised in the recent past because the extensive travelling and adapting to different time zones can have an impact on younger players, with the serious risk of fatigue kicking in.

Arsenal spend time in Asia this summer, as they look to expand their support base in that continent with trips to Jakarta, Hanoi and a brief visit to Japan.

It’s still a very tough pre-season fixture list but they have an accumulative travelling distance of just under 3,000 miles compared to Manchester City, the next top four side with the fewest miles to cover.

When looking at Arsenal’s early season fixture list, that should give them a greater chance of becoming the early pace setters in the Premier League.

They could start the season in very similar fashion to how Chelsea went about their last campaign before the inconsistency and change of manager kicked in.

In Arsenal’s first six games, the only fixture which could cause them some issues on paper is the derby match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsene Wenger is also being given the opportunity to expand his squad this season, to make solid additions, with a good level of money to spend.

If he can get most of the club’s transfer business done before they jet off for the tour of Asia, then that gives Wenger the opportunity to utilise that squad depth during the early friendlies.

It effectively allows him to protect his more important players and high profile stars, increasing their freshness ahead of the new season.

The Arsenal team for the start of the Premier League will start to take shape through the friendly matches against Napoli. Galatasaray and Manchester City so expect to see more changes and a few youngsters given a chance to shine during that Asian tour.

The Gunners need to get off to a good start, they are being given every opportunity to do just that and if they can hit the ground running then they will give themselves a much better chance of a Premier League title shot.

What do you make of Arsenal’s pre-season plans? Do you think it’ll make much difference?

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